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UM Releases Special Report on Climate Change
The University of Miami has released a Climate Change Special Report showcasing the work of UM scientists, researchers, faculty, staff, students and alumni in the areas of climate change and sustainability. This report looks at the areas of ocean and atmospheric research, renewable energy options, sustainable design and infrastructure, the spread of vector-borne diseases and health concerns, and population migration impacted by the changing environment, among other topics of interest. More >
Study Shows Increased Flooding, Accelerated Sea Level Rise in Miami Over Last Decade
A new study by researchers at UM and FSU found that Miami Beach flood events have significantly increased over the last decade due to an acceleration of sea-level rise in South Florida. The researchers suggest that regional sea-level projections should be used in place of global projections to better prepare for future flood hazards in the region. More >
Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Alter Species Interactions
Global climate change may be setting the stage for greater species diversity in the Pacific Northwest. Sophie McCoy (FSU) studied coralline algae at Tatoosh Island, WA. In the past, studies have shown that one type of algae is usually the dominant player and forces other types out. But now, as the carbon dioxide levels have grown, there is more competition among the species, and in turn, more diversity. More >
FIU Receives NSF Grant to Establish Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment
With a $5,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation support, FIU will establish the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment (CREST). The 5-year project will be led by Todd A. Crowl. Additional researchers are Rudolf Jaffe, Rene M. Price, Shu-Ching Chen, Laird H. Kramer.  CREST research will address sources, transport, transformation and ecosystem responses to contaminants, pollutants and other natural stressors, under changing land-use and environmental conditions. More >
Researchers Shows Corals Struggle to Grow Under Multiple Stressors
A new study from researchers at UM found that multiple stressors might be too much for corals. In the study, corals preconditioned to high CO2 levels before increased temperatures showed 44 percent lower growth rates compared to a group that only experienced a single stress of increased carbon dioxide. The researchers suggest that preconditioning to elevated CO2 worsens coral response to thermal stress, which could potentially exacerbate the effects of climate change stressors on coral reefs. More >
First FCI UF-UK Fellow to Travel to Oxford
In May, Greg Kiker (UF) will visit the University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute (Oxford-ECI) and its research partners as the first FCI UF-UK fellow. Dr. Kiker will help establish a framework to integrate models from Oxford-ECI and UF into more localized household-scale models for analysis in six countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. This collaboration will help UF, Oxford, and the International Livestock and Research Institute focus research and outreach towards sustainable livestock systems. More >
83 Degrees Media Publishes 7-Part Series on Climate Change and the Tampa Bay Region
83 Degrees Media, a news publication for the Tampa Bay region, has published a series of seven articles highlighting climate change issues facing the Tampa Bay Area, including policy changes, the reinsurance industry, a real estate boom, water resources, and more. Several FCI affiliates were interviewed for these articles.  View the Series >
Report on Impacts of Climate Change on Health
The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. The report advances scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change on public health, highlights social and environmental disparities, and confirms that climate change is a significant threat to public health. 
NASA Sea Level Rise Web Portal
Sea level rise is a critical global issue affecting millions across our planet. A new Web portal developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sea Level Change: Observations from Space, gives researchers, decision makers and the public alike a resource to stay up to date with the latest developments and scientific findings in this rapidly advancing field of study. More >
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Badylak, S., Phlips, E., Dix, N., Hart, J., Srifa, A., Haunert, D., He, Z., Lockwood, J., Stofella, P., Sun, D., & Yang, Y. (2016). Phytoplankton dynamics in a subtropical tidal creek: influences of rainfall and water residence time on composition and biomass. Mar. Freshwater Res., 67(4), 466.

Cahyanto, I., Pennington-Gray, L., Thapa, B., Srinivasan, S., Villegas, J., Matyas, C., & Kiousis, S. (2016). Predicting information seeking regarding hurricane evacuation in the destination. Tourism Management, 52, 264-275.

Chadsuthi, S., Iamsirithaworn, S., Triampo, W., & Cummings, D. A. T. (2016). The impact of rainfall and temperature on the spatial progression of cases during the chikungunya re-emergence in Thailand in 2008-2009. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg, 110(2), 125-133.

Gezon, Z. J., Inouye, D. W., & Irwin, R. E. (2016). Phenological change in a spring ephemeral: implications for pollination and plant reproduction. Glob Change Biol, 22(5), 1779-1793.

Ghazi, Z., Jones, W. L., Jacob, M. M., Santos-Garcia, A., & Bruscantini, C. A. (2015). CONAE Microwave Radiometer (MWR) Counts to Tb Algorithm and On-Orbit Validation. IEEE J. Sel. Top. Appl. Earth Observations Remote Sensing, 8(12), 5450-5461.

Hoogakker, B. A. A., Smith, R. S., Singarayer, J. S., .... Bush, M., et al. (2016). Terrestrial biosphere changes over the last 120 kyr. Clim. Past, 12(1), 51-73.

Ilicak, M., Drange, H., Wang, Q., ... Bozec, A., ... Chassignet, E., ... Lu, J., et al. (2016). An assessment of the Arctic Ocean in a suite of interannual CORE-II simulations. Part III: Hydrography and fluxes. Ocean Modelling, 100, 141-161.

Jaeger, J. M., & Koppes, M. N. (2016). The role of the cryosphere in source-to-sink systems. Earth-Science Reviews, 153, 43-76.

Kipkogei, O., Bhardwaj, A., Kumar, V., Ogallo, L. A., Opijah, F. J., Mutemi, J. N., & Krishnamurti, T. N. (2016). Improving multimodel medium range forecasts over the Greater Horn of Africa using the FSU superensemble. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, , 1-11.

Li, M., Lee, Y. J., Testa, J. M., Li, Y., Ni, W., Kemp, W. M., et al. (2016). What drives interannual variability of hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay: Climate forcing versus nutrient loading? Geophys. Res. Lett., 43(5), 2127-2134.

Li, Y., Ji, R., Jenouvrier, S., Jin, M., & Stroeve, J. (2016). Synchronicity between ice retreat and phytoplankton bloom in circum-Antarctic polynyas: Synchronicity of Ice Retreat and Bloom. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43(5), 2086-2093.

Liao, X., Inglett, P. W., & Inglett, K. S. (2016). Seasonal patterns of nitrogen cycling in subtropical short-hydroperiod wetlands: Effects of precipitation and restoration. Science of The Total Environment, 556, 136-145.

Liu, B., Asseng, S., Liu, L., Tang, L., Cao, W., & Zhu, Y. (2016). Testing the responses of four wheat crop models to heat stress at anthesis and grain filling. Glob Change Biol, 22(5), 1890-1903.

Liu, L., Wang, X., Lajeunesse, M. J., Miao, G., Piao, S., Wan, S., et al. (2016). A cross-biome synthesis of soil respiration and its determinants under simulated precipitation changes. Glob Change Biol, 22(4), 1394-1405.

Lyons, S. K., Amatangelo, K. L., Behrensmeyer, A. K., ... Jud, N., et al. (2015).Holocene shifts in the assembly of plant and animal communities implicate human impactsNature529(7584), 80-83.

Markell, D. (2016). Emerging Legal and Institutional Responses to Sea-Level Rise in Florida and Beyond. FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper, No. 796.

McCoy, S. J., Allesina, S., & Pfister, C. A. (2016). Ocean acidification affects competition for space: projections of community structure using cellular automata. Proc. R. Soc. B, 283(1826), 20152561.

Pendleton, L. H., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Langdon, C., & Comte, A. (2016). Multiple Stressors and Ecological Complexity Require a New Approach to Coral Reef Research. Front. Mar. Sci., 3.

Perez, T. M., Stroud, J. T., & Feeley, K. J. (2016). Thermal trouble in the tropics. Science, 351(6280), 1392-1393.

Ponisio, L. C., Wilkin, K., M'Gonigle, L. K., Kulhanek, K., Cook, L., Thorp, R., et al. (2016). Pyrodiversity begets plant-pollinator community diversity. Glob Change Biol, 22(5), 1794-1808.

Renema, W., Pandolfi, J. M., Kiessling, W., Bosellini, F. R., Klaus, J. S., Korpanty, C., et al. (2016). Are coral reefs victims of their own past success? Science Advances, 2(4), e1500850.

Salmon, V. G., Soucy, P., Mauritz, M., Celis, G., Natali, S. M., Mack, M. C., & Schuur, E. A. G. (2016). Nitrogen availability increases in a tundra ecosystem during five years of experimental permafrost thaw. Glob Change Biol, 22(5), 1927-1941.

Searcy, C. A., & Shaffer, H. B. (2016). Do Ecological Niche Models Accurately Identify Climatic Determinants of Species Ranges? The American Naturalist, 187(4), 423-435.

Tang, J., & Matyas, C. J. (2016). Fast Playback Framework for Analysis of Ground-Based Doppler Radar Observations Using MapReduce Technology. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 33(4), 621-634.

Taylor, N. W., Searcy, J. K., & Jones, P. H. (2016). Multifamily energy-efficiency retrofit programs: a Florida case study. Energy Efficiency, 9(2), 385-400.

van Bussel, L. G. J., Ewert, F., Zhao, G., ... Asseng, S., ... Cammarano, D., et al. (2016). Spatial sampling of weather data for regional crop yield simulations. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 220, 101-115.

Vanderwel, M. C., Zeng, H., Caspersen, J. P., Kunstler, G., & Lichstein, J. W. (2016). Demographic controls of aboveground forest biomass across North America. Ecol Lett, 19(4), 414-423.

Wdowinski, S., Bray, R., Kirtman, B. P., & Wu, Z. (2016). Increasing flooding hazard in coastal communities due to rising sea level: Case study of Miami Beach, Florida. Ocean & Coastal Management, 126, 1-8.

Webb, E. E., Schuur, E. A. G., Natali, S. M., Oken, K. L., Bracho, R., Krapek, J. P., et al. (2016). Increased wintertime CO2 loss as a result of sustained tundra warming. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 121(2), 249-265.

Wu, Z., Feng, J., Qiao, F., & Tan, Z. - M. (2016). Fast multidimensional ensemble empirical mode decomposition for the analysis of big spatio-temporal datasets. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 374(2065), 20150197.

Zhai, L., Jiang, J., DeAngelis, D., & da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, L. (2016). Prediction of Plant Vulnerability to Salinity Increase in a Coastal Ecosystem by Stable Isotope Composition (delta O-18) of Plant Stem Water: A Model Study. Ecosystems, 19(1), 32-49.

Zheng, Y., Ali, M. M., & Bourassa, M. A. (2016). Contribution of Monthly and Regional Rainfall to the Strength of Indian Summer Monsoon. Mon. Wea. Rev., early online release.

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